Welcome to the world of fantasy albums where music fans are put to the test to decipher their ultimate collection. Comedian and actor, Mathew Horne reveals his fantasy album.
The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an artist, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea.
This month’s fantasy album has been curated by actor/comedian Mathew Horne.
Mathew Horne is famous for his performances in the award-winning Gavin & Stacey as well as Bad Education and Teachers. Horne is also well known for his indie DJ sets with a mix of electro and hip hop which made him a perfect candidate to ask him what his fantasy album would consist of.
Track One: ‘Open’ – The Cure
“Pretty much my favourite song of all time. From pretty much my favourite band of all time.”
Track Two: ‘Last January’ – The Twilight Sad
“This song exemplifies my love for Scottish bands, from the criminally underrated The Twilight Sad.”
Track Three: ‘Far’ – Longpigs
“Blast from the Britpop past with this single from the flawless The Sun Is Often Out album.”
Track Four: ‘Bachelorette’ – Björk
“Art doesn’t get any better than Björk. One of those rare artists I’m glad I’ve lived in the same period of history as (which is definitely not a sentence that makes sense). Fearless artist.”
Track Five: ‘We Bros’ – Wu Lyf
“Literally and figuratively a one-off. Brilliant album from the fleeting and evasive and superb Wu Lyf.”
Track Six: ‘We Carry On’ – Portishead
“After such a hiatus, to maintain this intensity across the album is no mean feat. Beth [Gibbons] means it and always has. Gripping and vital track.”
Track Seven: ‘Dinosaurs’ – The Maccabees
“Live set opener from one of my favourites. Perfectly encapsulates the power and energy of this band that spoke to so many.”
Track Eight: ‘The Great Skua’ – British Sea Power
“Live set closer from another of my all-time favourites. They were making this music way before Arcade Fire. Difficult to pick a track for me, but this is epic.”
Track Nine: ‘Vietnam’ – Crystal Castles
“Defined a time in the noughties. I remember listening to this album on a plane coming into land at Belfast. I’d never heard anything like it. Wild and full of vigour.”
Track Ten: ‘Compliments’ – Bloc Party
“The forgotten brooding beauty from the seminal Silent Alarm album. A superlative album closer.”
A great collection of songs and a reminder of how tragic it was to lose Wu Lyf.
Mathew Horne can be seen in these upcoming productions:
Rain Man on stage UK tour (Autumn 2018)
Agatha Raisin 2 airs on Sky and Worldwide early 2019
And you can check him out here right now: Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett for Audible